Asian/Asian American Community

The University of Iowa values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for students from every background. This is an overview of programs, student groups, and resources that will support and inspire you throughout your Iowa experience.

The Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC)

The APACC was established in 2003 to serve as a space for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders at the University of Iowa to interact with other minority students and enhance their educational experience.

Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE)

The CDE sponsors social and academic events throughout the school year and offers guidance on scholarships and financial aid, academic development, student involvement, and just about every other aspect of campus life. Mentorship opportunities are available and faculty/staff collaborations are welcomed.

Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI)

The Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI) serves graduate students who are historically under-represented academically to provide information, networking, liaison support, counseling and access as a supportive community while they are pursuing a graduate degree. 

Academic Programs

Iowa's international studies major lets you design and shape your academic plan according to your individual interests, offering emphases in East Asian and South Asian studies, among other geographic areas. Iowa also offers a program in Asian languages and literature.

Student organizations and campus groups

The University of Iowa boasts nearly 500 student organizations, including some specifically for Asian American students.

Asian American Coalition

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

Indian Student Alliance

Vietnamese Student Association

Delta Phi Lambda Sorority

Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity


About 80 percent of Iowa students receive some form of financial aid, including scholarships. The university offers more than 1,500 scholarships each year to outstanding students based on financial need, academic merit, or both. Students in a federally funded Upward Bound program or in-state resident students eligible for IMAGES may receive additional financial aid.

Other Resources - offers online emotional support in English and Mandarin Chinese. When you go to the website you'll choose which language you want to chat in and be connected with a peer crisis counselor who is there to listen and support you through whatever you're going through. All services are free, confidential and anonymous.

Did You Know?

The University of Iowa Center for Asian and Pacific Studies was established in 1986 with the mission of promoting teaching, research, and outreach related to East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

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